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Heartbeat Opera's Fidelio

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7 pm
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 7 pm
Sunday, February 13, 2022, 2 pm

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Original libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner and Georg Friedrich Treitschke

Adapted and directed by Ethan Heard
Music arranged and directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English dialogue by Marcus Scott and Ethan Heard

Derrell Acon, roc
Victoria Lawal, marcy
Curtis Bannister, stan
Kelly Griffin, leah/lee
Corey McKern, pizarro

Also featuring the voices of more than 100 incarcerated singers and 70 volunteers from six prison choirs: Oakdale Community Choir, KUJI Men’s Chorus, UBUNTU Men’s Chorus, HOPE Thru Harmony Women’s Choir, East Hill Singers, and Voices of Hope

“I saw [Heartbeat’s] Fidelio, and was blindsided by its impact.” —The New Yorker

A Black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife disguises herself to infiltrate the prison and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman's grit may not be enough to save her love. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people, this daring adaptation created with Heartbeat Opera places Beethoven's masterpiece in the time of Black Lives Matter.

This program is made possible by the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art, the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, The Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation, Lulu C. and Anthony W. Wang, and Betsy and Edward Cohen / Areté Foundation.

Piano by Steinway & Sons.

Tickets start at $25 (includes Museum admission).

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